Michigan Supervisor/NASS-NASDA Workshop (Lawton, Michigan) August 26-27, 2010

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The NASS Michigan Field Office held an excellent and successful Supervisory Workshop/NASS-NASDA Retreat on August 26-27, 2010 near Lawton, Michigan. There were 7 NASDA Field and Office Supervisors who participated in the Workshop. The NASS team who participated included: Director Dave Kleweno; Deputy Director Gerald Tillman; Ag Statistician and NASDA Coordinator Chad Cloos; Ag Statistician Sam Bruner; Statistician Specialist Marty Saffell; Administrative Technician Trudy Leitz; and Statistical Assistant Lynn Spisak. In addition, NASDA’s NASS Program Director Charlie Ingram participated in the two-day session.

The NASS Michigan Field Office team did a great job of coordinating and organizing the event. It was a great experience which included discussions, team-building activities, and the development of action plans. 

We stayed at the Bankson Lodge, which had a beautiful view of Bankson Lake. It is in southwest Michigan near the village of Lawton, surrounded by corn, soybean and grapes. Michigan has many microclimates which support the growth of more than 300 food and fiber products. This makes Michigan one of the most agriculturally diverse state in the nation. This means that NASDA Supervisors and Enumerators are always busy collecting data on behalf of NASS for many and varied agricultural surveys.

Some of the topics discussed at the retreat were:  improving survey response rates, hiring, training, and quality control. One of the highlights, as well as fun activity during the workshop was the interactive team-building exercises which were designed to enhance communications and relationships between NASDA and NASS.